As Jamaicans are now mandated to wear a mask in public spaces, as part of adjusted measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19, Get the facts, will look at the Centre for Disease Control (CDC’s) recommended ways for making and using homemade cloth face masks. Press play to hear more.
In recent weeks, there have been raging debates about the effectiveness of the antimalarial drug, hydroxychloroquine, in treating patients with COVID-19, after some sources touted it as a useful treatment for the virus. On this edition of Get the facts we discuss the Ministry of Health & Wellness position on the matter.
Even before the detection of the first coronavirus case in Jamaica, members of the public were seen wearing protective masks. Now that things have escalated worldwide, the effectiveness of routinely wearing masks has become a key part of discussions on the pandemic across the globe. Listen to get the facts to find out how effective this means of prevention is.
Since the introduction of the novel coronavirus (COVID 19) on the island, several questions have arisen concerning at-risk groups. In part two of today’s JIS Get the Facts interview with host, Enthrose Campbell, Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr. Jacqueline Bisasor-McKenzie, sheds light on who is most at risk of contracting the virus and what this means for their immunity.
The Government’s is again urging the members of the public to do their part to reduce transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) by adhering to the prescribed social-distancing protocols as this remains one of the most effective defenses in combating the virus. Listen as the Ministry of Health and Wellness shares recommendations on how to reduce the spread of COVID19 within communities.
A number of reports have been made about persons mixing cleaning agents in an effort to make them stronger and more effective against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). By doing this persons are harming themselves according to the Caribbean Poison Information Network (CARPIN). Press play to find out why you should desist from mixing household chemicals to create sanitizing agents.
Contact tracing is one of the interventions being used to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Jamaica. It’s a similar process to what experts have been using to effectively control the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Africa. Press play to hear more about how this method is helping to stem the spread of COVID-19.
On this edition of Get the Facts the Ministry of Health shares with us what is being done to slow the transmission of COVID 19 PT1. Press play to hear more.
Get the facts gives us details on the COVID-19 do’s and don’ts, press play to get the details.
For most people, symptoms of a COVID-19 infection start with a fever and a dry cough. The virus can be transmitted through droplets from coughing or sneezing. So it’s best to cough or sneeze into your sleeve or into a disposable tissue. Discard the tissue into a closed rubbish bin and then clean your hands. Try to stay at least two metres away from a person who is coughing or sneezing. Press play to learn about steps you can take to prevent infection.
The NIS is a compulsory contributory, funded social security scheme, covering all employed persons in Jamaica. Director of National Insurance in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Portia Magnus recently sat down with Enthrose Campbell to discuss the benefits available under the scheme. Press play to hear more.
Come April 1, the rate at which contributions to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) are calculated will be increased from five and a half to six percent. Director of National Insurance in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Portia Magnus recently sat down with Enthrose Campbell to discuss the reasons for the increase among other things. Press play to hear more.
The income tax filing due date is March 16 this year. Annually it’s the 15th of March however with that date being a Sunday this year, the date has been moved to the next working day. Press play to hear Tax Administration Jamaica’s Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Merris Haugton and Enthrose Campbell discuss how to file for your tax returns.
A large part of the education curriculum in Jamaica focuses on exposing students to the country’s rich culture and heritage. And in February each year one special day is used to highlight all things Jamaican – the various aspects about our people which distinguish us from the rest of the world, as well as the various contributions Jamaicans have made to world history. Press play to find out about the happenings of Jamaica Day 2020.
Phase 2 of the plastic ban prohibits the manufacture, distribution and use of polystyrene foam more popularly known as Styrofoam products. Manager of Public Education and Corporate Communication, at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Olivia Anderson, recently sat down with Enthrose Campbell to give an overview of what phase one entailed and the initiatives being rolled out under phase two. Press play to get the details.